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If just some of the automakers who’ve made statements committing to electrify a large percentage or all of their future products stay true to their word, the world ought to be swimming in plug-in cars by mid next decade. Or sooner. Or so one might think given relatively radical projections made by automakers who only […]

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With Honda’s revelation of electric range for its 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid just 6 miles shy of the Chevy Volt’s, it stands to become the reigning sales leader’s toughest competition yet when launched later this year. Since its December 2010 release, the “extended-range electric” Volt has been the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the U.S., although […]

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With last week’s unveiling of Nissan’s second-generation Leaf, people can now focus less on comparing the Chevy Bolt to the dissimilar Tesla Model 3, and look at a closer matchup. Such apple-versus-orange comparisons can be explained however. Including the just-revealed Leaf, there are but three new-generation EVs priced below $40,000 with longer range than first-generation […]

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As various countries and automakers set deadlines to ban fossil fuel powered vehicles, the latest to potentially add its name to the list is the world’s largest car market, China. Assuming it does set a date-certain deadline for the phase-out of vehicles powered by conventional internal combustion engines (ICE), the fast-growing market stands to shift […]

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Since the late-2010 beginning of the major manufacturer plug-in car era, the Chevy Volt has been the plug-in hybrid sales king, but this year its crown is in jeopardy. Toyota’s Prius Prime, which has been rolling out and ramping up in sales, has been nipping at the heels of the Volt all year, and in […]

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Just in time for Chevrolet’s announcement that it’s available nationwide, the Bolt EV has finished a sales month ahead of every other plug-in electrified vehicle sold in the U.S. At least, it probably did assuming Tesla Model S sales estimated just 7 units less than the Bolt’s 2,107 August sales is accurate. Chevrolet’s all-electric front-wheel-driver […]

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In literature, every great protagonist has its foil; a character that helps highlight some of the central figure’s finer qualities. The Toyota Prius has had many such contrasting characters during its nearly two decades on the market, with the efforts of others simply shining a more positive light on the car that has come to […]

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It’s 8 a.m. and I’m standing in a parking lot looking at a sea of cones and listening to a lecture about the rules for the day. It sounds like the start of a typical autocross day. Only this time, I’m not in my usual autocross car. I’m looking at something a little newer, a […]

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Never mind that next month the U.S. government will be bending its ear to automakers asking it to put the brakes on cleaner car development, September will otherwise see an intensive 30-day spate of new plug-in vehicle unveilings. Yes, as the feds are mulling whether to freeze or amend 2021-2025 fuel economy and emission rules, […]

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Although already settled under the Obama administration, at the request of automakers – and against the protests of myriad advocacies – the Trump administration is re-assessing U.S. passenger vehicle efficiency standards for next decade. Included in at least 15 national or international advocacies saying decisions previously hashed out over eight years should be left alone are […]

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